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WSJ: Nokia's first Android phone (Normandy / Nokia X) will be announced at MWC 2014

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Sources “familiar with the matter” are telling the Wall Street Journal that Nokia plans to officially announced its very first Android-based smartphone later this month. More exactly, the Finnish company, which is about to be swallowed up by Microsoft (well, at least its phone division is), should show the Android handset at MWC 2014 in Barcelona.

Initially codenamed Normandy, the upcoming Android device could end up being called Nokia X. As previously reported, the Normandy / X should run a forked version of Android. According to the WSJ, the device won’t provide access to Google Play, and neither to other popular Google services. Instead, it’ll offer “a Nokia application store with Android apps”, plus services like Here Maps, Nokia Mix Radio and others. Feature-wise, we’re looking at an entry-level handset that supposedly has a 4-inch WVGA display, dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support. The phone should have a dual SIM version, and multiple color options.

WSJ: Nokia's first Android phone (Normandy / Nokia X) will be announced at MWC 2014

The WSJ somewhat misleadingly mentions that Windows Phone “does not work on low-cost phones”, and that’s why Microsoft allows Nokia to go on with this Android project: to boost sales, even if helped by a competitor platform on an affordable handset. However, the very popular Nokia Lumia 520 proves the publication wrong: Windows Phone does work on ultra-cheap devices. Of course, it’s true that the Lumia 520 can’t offer all the features that a high-end WP handset is offering.

Anyway. Nokia, Android, MWC. It may still be unbelievable for some, but it looks like it’s happening. It will be really interesting to see how many X / Normandy units Nokia manages to sell. But that depends on its price, market availability and more. We're guessing that we'll see soon how things go.

source: The Wall Street Journal image: @evleaks

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posted on 10 Feb 2014, 13:49 2

1. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


512 mb of ram? What's even the point. Either make a high end android device or stick to windows phone. this is like laughing at android users.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 14:24 4

4. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


This is meant to take over for S40 on the Ashas line. Microsoft will never let Nokia pump out a high-end Android, at least not now. This phone will be lucky to make it outside of any emerging markets as long as MS is about to take over.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 14:36 5

6. Johnnokia (Posts: 1108; Member since: 27 May 2012)


You are gonna see how many million device would Nokia buy?.

All this hype of low end Android phone because it is Nokia phone.
Still people trust Nokia, and Nokia still has billions of fans.

So idiot Finnish that sold their handset legend.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 15:01 5

12. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Exactly! If it were an LG (or Sony, or Samsung… ) phone, it would simply go unnoticed at best, if not criticized for too low-end specifications in 2014.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 16:33 4

21. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Agree. They r idiots because they didn't make good decisions and sold Nokia's device And service business, I mean they sold nokia's heart.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 23:26

40. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Okay... So you provide Nokia with a 100 billion dollars and i'm sure they'll rethink selling their handset division.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 15:39 2

14. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Nokia knows how to make good well working phones with only 512mb of ram, look the lumia 520.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 16:23 1

18. sgodsell (Posts: 3902; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Thats why they are giving it away with an xbox music subscription now. Even during the holidays the 520 was selling for as low as $49. Nokia still sold 700,000 less lumias from the previous quarter. There are a number of apps that require 1gb of ram to run under WP. Look at even Nokias refocus app requires 1gb of ram. I guess thats why they already released, and are currently selling the 525 which has 1gb of ram.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:14 1

36. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Less than 1% of the over 200k apps available for WP need 1gb of ram to run... And, those apps are being optimized everyday to run with less ram..... No big deal here....

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:11 1

35. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You have to give credit to MS for their efficient coding on that one.. I mean realistically speaking..

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 05:56

45. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The 520 works well because it doesn't do anything. What's more, it can't run some games and apps that can run on Android with 512MB of ram.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 13:49 4

2. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Priced correctly, forked Android or not, this will cannibalize their own low end lumias.
Not really excited about it though, since it's a low end. But then, one can expect that if this sells well, nokia might consider Android for their future flagships. =]

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 13:55 5

3. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Hell Yea. This will sell more. And will bring great sold numbers.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 14:39

8. EyeSee (banned) (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


512RAM Android devices will always lag, along with weak Cpus..

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 16:25 1

19. sgodsell (Posts: 3902; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


This phone is using a dual core 1ghz cpu that is a cortex-A5. So this device really is low end.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 17:24

26. EyeSee (banned) (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


I see you posting in Pocketnow, Gsmarena, and Bgr, as well...

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 17:26

27. EyeSee (banned) (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


And especially on
Wp articles,, disliking along with Data, you and .....

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 15:52 1

15. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 253; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


If its dosent have the Google play store tho. How many apps are actually going to be available. Only the ones that MS approves. Which is going to suck beings you know they will keep the number of apps lower than what is currently available on Windows Phone.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 16:08 3

16. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


you do know this has nothing to do with windows phone or microsoft it will run "android apps" if your read carefully that are going to be available from the nokia store

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 17:16

25. domfonusr (Posts: 386; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


I'll bet they use the Normandy as an opportunity to put Windows Phone on only their high-end and best handsets. The Asha series will have this forked Android, and will be Nokia's (then Microsoft's) major push for a solid return to the emerging markets as top competitor. The Normandy will never make it to the US.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:06

31. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I never thought this device would see the day of light, but here it is... Even WPC said that it would be coming.... As I've always said,,,, we'll see what happens..

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:17

52. domfonusr (Posts: 386; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


So, now that WPCentral is saying it, you'll believe it? You are funny, rodney.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 14:28 2

5. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Funny what gets green-lighted for production once Elop is gone...

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 14:40 1

9. Beijendorf (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Devices are usually in planning for 2 years and in development for 1 year. So as little love as I hold for Elops, I'm afraid we can't accuse him of blocking this.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 15:23 2

13. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


It's doubtful going forward that Microsoft will release any Android devices, this was most likely a decision by Risto Siilasmaa
or others close to him before the deal becomes final.

The future Microsoft/Nokia getting involved in Android is a bad for many reasons as I showed previously, various Android OEM's are falling on hard times look at HTC for eg.

WP has a very bright future it sold tens of Millions more devices than it did in 2012, making it the fastest growing OS in the world, no need for forked versions.

Besides Elop is not gone at least not once the deal is completed he will rejoin Microsoft as the head of the devices team in charge of Surface, Windows Phone including ( Nokia Lumias soon to be Lumias), and Xbox according to The Verge.

He is a brilliant man despite what many has said, if you look at the actual facts that much is clear.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 17:02 1

22. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4493; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Can you let me in on how Elop is brilliant? He took over a sinking ship and didn't improve the situation, to the point that they ended up being bought out by his former employer. And I seriously doubt if that was the plan all along that he came up with it. It's not even a new plan, it's been done for years. He would be what is called a corporate mole or plant, who's function is to force the company's business revenue downhill making them ripe for takeover.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:07

32. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Yeah, MS making a Android device?? That's not likely....

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 14:37 2

7. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


What's the point of android phone if you can't access Google Play and enjoy it's vast amount of apps.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 14:42 2

10. Beijendorf (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Rooting. The nations where Asha are popular are usually full of ingenuity and solutions requiring no hefty credit card. It even comes with microSD support to make rooting easier!

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 16:27 1

20. Jason78 (Posts: 252; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


This is a replacement for Nokia's S40 OS that they use on their Asha feature phones. Instead of trying to further develop S40 to work better with touchscreen devices, they are simply switching to a forked version of Android. Just like Amazon's forked version of android on the Kindle, you won't see any reference to android anywhere. To the user this is Nokia's new Asha OS.

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